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Wedding Cakes Ideas From Around The World
Wedding Cakes Galore!
I love weddings. I recently got married and was scouring the internet for a one-stop list of amazing ideas for wedding cakes.
I had dreamed of an autumn wedding because it's my favorite season, but I had a summer wedding because I needed to save on costs, (weddings are expensive!!). I still fulfilled my autumn-theme through my wedding cake. I chose a pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese icing. It was heavenly! Guests who initially frowned upon the idea, ended up leaving with leftover containers of the cake and said they spent the evening eating it in their hotel rooms while watching tv. It was a major success!
Below are some other options that my inspire you on your upcoming wedding. Or, if you just enjoy cake - here's a list to make your mouth water!
Amazing Wedding Cake Ideas
Wedding Cakes from Around the World!
Croquembouche is the traditional wedding cake of France. It is made of little cream puff balls stacked to form what looks like a Christmas tree. Each little ball is filled with a cream center, either in vanilla or chocolate (though I bet some pastry chefs could do just about any flavor), then it's held together with a web of caramel or sometimes chocolate. It looks unique and classy. Many brides that are on the minimalist side of décor (think an orchid for a bridal bouquet), are fond of this type of cake because it's unusual and very upscale-looking.
Positives: Super Unique. If you're not in France, you'll be one of the only bride's with a cake like this. And, your pastry chef will love the challenge!
Negatives: Only one I can think of - It's hard to cut. Though, maybe on your wedding day, you could just yank a cream puff out and share it with your groom.
Italian Wedding Cakes
Italian Wedding Cake
Though sugar almonds are sometimes given in place of a wedding cake in Italy, why waste calories on sugar almonds when you can have a rum drenched cake? Most traditional Italian wedding cakes have fluffy, light cream for an icing along with lady fingers that are soaked in rum. (Think tiramisu cake).
There are a number of Italian Wedding Cakes that come in a variety of flavors. In my quest for Italian cakes, there actually was no Tiramisu cake listed. I have a feeling that it is an American creation (and a really good creation!). Here is a partial list:
TORTA MIMOSA ALLA BAVARESE: A sponge cake filled with rich Bavarian cream and accented with vanilla flavoring
CROSTATA DI FRUTTA: Beautiful fruit tart where the colorful fruit slices are set on a rich vanilla cream base. Great for summer weddings and should be chilled.
MILLE FOGLIE: Chantilly cream inside of puff pastries. I haven't had this, but imagine it to be a simpler version of the French wedding cake, less the caramel.
TORTA CHANTILLY: This is a light fluffy cake; sponge cake with chantilly cream and topped off with white chocolate shavings.
DIPLOMATICA: This is like a mix of all the best Italian cakes. It starts with a puff pastry base, then a layer of sponge cake topped with either vanilla or chantilly cream.
ST. HONORE': Again, a layered confection that consists of a puff pastry, sponge cake, cream puffs and topped off with chantilly cream.
Traditional English Wedding Cake
For now, I will leave you with the traditional English Wedding Cake, which is a fruit cake. To most Americans, it sounds kind of gross. We think hard, jelly-like cake that is never eaten during Christmastime. However, I am here to testify to one of the best cakes I've ever eaten (and I'm a chocolate person!!).
Consider a rum-soaked pound cake filled with nuts and dried fruits (figs, cherries and raisins), which can even be altered to chunks of pineapple or pumpkin if you're adventurous. Then, layer the cake with vanilla or cream cheese frosting.
It's a beautiful, hearty cake that is great with tea the next day! It's a great tradition and fares well with winter weddings. Some people will even glaze the top of the cake with chocolate to add another dimension to it.